One thing that really jumped-out at me upon arriving in Italy almost four years ago, was using different money. I found it fun to examine the art, symbols and differences between the different money pieces. In most of the EU, we use the Euro. The coined denominations include a €2 and €1 (similar to american dollars in value) as well as 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cent pieces.
That all being said, I would never have thought to do something as #EPIC as this painted coin art:
Five Iron Frenzy—”FIF”, to their friends—was one of my favorite bands in high school and college. I saw them play live three times, including their 2003 final show in Denver, Colorado. I still play their old albums a lot. They’re fun, inspiring, and very singable. I’ve missed FIF these past ten years. Then, without warning, a Kickstarter campaign was launched, with the goal being met three times over within the first two days. All of a sudden, FIF had been resurrected. All of my dreams were coming true: more concerts, more albums, less “Combat Chuck.”
So, here I am, nearing thirty, listening to the newest albums from one of my favorite bands from a decade ago. It’s a weird moment, but I like it.
Let me start by saying that this is not an anti-tech post. I am a geek, for sure, and if this doesn’t prove it, nothing ever will. So all that to say, I am writing this for myself, too.
Every single day I see more and more people with their faces buried in their smartphones. People who are seemingly letting their lives go by without truly noticing, as technology pulls them further and further from the real world around them.
Maybe that’s why I seriously love this cartoon by Liam Walsh:
Whenever new technology emerges, the reaction from the general populous, governments and the Church tend to be the same, respectively. While a Communist government’s reaction will differ from a Democracy, the reaction tends to be the same within each type.
The same can be said for the church. Denominations will vary, but within each denomination the reaction is fairly consistent. I even see this among church tech blogs, as some authors are ready to embrace new technology with no questions asked, while others survey the implications, implementations and cautiously proceed after it’s proven itself.
xkcd recetnly posted this dynamic in this tongue-in-cheek look at the simple answers to the questions that get asked about every new technology:
For my fellow thirty-somethings, let me present you this video game flowchart.
A resource, if you will.
Chances are, you’re married, with kids, and keep yourself busy with your daytime job and volunteering at church. So when you do have a moment to play some video games, deciding what to play is vitally important. There’s no time to waste! High scores, epic quests and level ups await!
Here’s a fun flowchart to help you pick the perfect video game to play:
Church tech staff and volunteers have SO MANY different areas where they have to use visual media, including worship lyric backgrounds, blog posts, social media updates, promotional postcards, banners, bulletins, newsletters, and whatever other project you have taken on. The question is, where do you get your free stock photos for all of these goodies?
Unless you have a full-time staff or an iStockPhoto subscription, you are probably always scrambling for some kind of stock photography to use. Flickr seems like a great place to get free photos, right? What can be the harm in grabbing a couple of those images for use? Hmmm… well the common issues are lawsuits, loss of your website, and even legal troubles.
Recently, I was talking to a friend who works at a non-profit. She is passionate about what she does. She is talented and has experience that qualifies her to do her job. She gets along well with her co-workers and genuinely loves serving the people of her community. She is, in short, really good at what she is doing.
However, lately when we talk, I hear a note of tiredness and perhaps frustration in her voice. She is overworked and her organization is understaffed, and as a result important things sometimes fall through the cracks. Her work is never done, and often crowds into her weekends and even her rare vacations. Because of her amazing level of commitment and dedication she runs the risk of burning out, which would basically be a disaster for her organization.
Burnout looks a lot like being in the wrecker’s yard:
I’ve had a couple of projects that I’ve been working on that required some simple free vector icons and some sort of hand-drawn arrows. A weird combination, I know, but I came across a few different vector icon downloads that I found to be pretty snappy.
Have you downloaded any awesome free vector icons?
Share a link the comments!
Here’s what I’ve found:
Throw-in some wedding brides and you’ve to yourself an Internet success:
I’m a professional video editor and I am starting to edit on my iPhone and iPad. This sounds strange and almost absurd, but it’s true. The latest release of iMovie 2.0 for iOS editing on your iPhone/iPad makes video editing fun and simple.
Have you ever used your iPhone to edit video?
Here are three reasons why I’ve begun editing video on my mobile device, tell me what you think: